Northern Ireland is home to 1.8 million people. Its traditional industrial economy, most notably in shipbuilding, rope manufacture and textiles, has largely been replaced by services and it is consistently one of the least productive regions of the UK. Its output per hour in 2018 was 15.6% below the UK average, third from bottom among the 12 UK regions.
Northern Ireland’s Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues
Find out more about the historic context, key issues and future research priorities of productivity in Northern Ireland in our insights paper, which sits alongside an executive summary: a high-level overview highlighting its productivity picture, including a scattergraph showing the disparities on a NUTS3 level in comparison with the UK average, the primary drivers and bottlenecks, a SWOT analysis and a look to the future.